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The first single...
Produced by Teddy Vann R.I.P.
I don’t know too much about the Sand Pebbles, other than they did get their start in the church, only to move on to secular music a little while later. Their main songwriter was Teddy Vann , who would go on years later to share a Grammy with Luther Vandross on “Power of Love/Love Power.” In all, they released around 12 sides, and a greatest hits package was put out that would document the band with their records, plus unreleased sides and exclusive radio ads for the band. This trio consisted of two female and one male vocals, which would provide for some sweet harmonies. “Love Power” is a combination of Sweet Southern style Soul mixed with a tinge of Gospel, which makes for a some super dynamite Soul. I can say for sure that the next Soul mix I do will include this tune. Listen for the horn break down in the middle, followed by drum break from Harold “Smiley” Davis, who was only 16 when he recorded the record in secrecy from the Drum Corps he was in. To give you an idea on just how good this side is, the one and only Dusty Springfield deemed it necessary to put her own spin on this nugget.